The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates thousands of products and can only examine a small portion of products before they reach store shelves. The CPSC relies on importers and retailers to inspect products prior to offering them for sale. Unfortunately, retailers in Florida and other states often fail to do this and only take action once consumers have suffered personal injuries caused by dangerous or defective products.
According to a recent report, most safety violations are committed by Discount Dollar Tree. Common violations include products that threaten the safety of children due to the presence of high levels of lead and phthalates, which are chemicals that make plastic flexible. Toys for small children that have small parts that can be detached and threaten a child's safety are also prevalent on the list of dangerous products.